Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care (VNHC) is a admired non-profit in the Santa Barbara area. It has been serving all patient populations for over one hundred and eight years. In 2015 VNHC had net patient service revenue in excess of $28 million while servicing over 12,000 patients between the different service lines. 90 percent of the population served is over 60 years of age and 50 percent of the population served live in high poverty areas. VNHC is especially proud of meeting the needs of the local underserved population and has performed over $2 million in charity care each of the past five years.
Freshmen year I earned my EMR certification, Sophomore year I earned my EMT certification and certified as a Basic Life Support CPR instructor up to the healthcare provider level, and this year I will be completing my Advanced EMT certification. On top of volunteering on the ambulance for shifts, I’ve also been elected to the Board of Directors - finding my niche managing our website and being a liaison for the Explorer Post. I even became “Mr. Sunshine” around headquarters when I started the Sunshine Committee; writing birthday, congratulations, or condolence cards for the 120 person Corp. My interest and talent for people was now my entire life. I have held the hands of a geriatric patient suffering an acute myocardial infarction, knowing that I would be the last thing she would be able to feel.
I had a touching experience with home hospice care, my father passed away in 1992 after a short fight with metastatic colon cancer, the hospice nurses were wonderful and loving, the way they not only cared for him but everyone in the family. They gently guided us through what was happening to him, what we should expect to see, changes he will go through as death gets closer and helped us begin the grieving process, they even followed up with us a week or so after he passed to make sure we were getting through that first week and to see if we wanted or needed grief counseling. Going through this experience opened my heart for this type of care, even though it was a sad time in my life it is something I will always remember. Realizing not everyone can excel in this type of nursing, caring for the dying is emotionally tough, but I believe it is something I have a heart for, I can
Edson Healthcare Centre Auxiliary A friendly smile can make all the difference when you 're not well and for 60 years the Edson Healthcare Centre Auxiliary has given generously of their smiles, time, and spirit. Past and current members of the Edson Healthcare Centre Auxiliary gathered at the hospital recently to celebrate their 60th anniversary. The Auxiliary operates on the generosity of volunteers and plays a vital role supporting the hospital, patients, and their families. Over the decades the Auxiliary, through it fundraising efforts, has donated tens of thousands of dollars to the Edson Hospital to help increase the level of comfort and care for patients. Some of the equipment they have donated include heart monitors, portable cardiac
The Vinch Family chose to donate a portion of their proceeds to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. St Jude Children’s Hospital understands, treats, and defeats diseases and forwards their impactful research internationally. Every child saved at St Jude means that doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands of more children. About seventy five percent of the hospital’s budgets rely on donations, so it’s extremely important to raise awareness and continually make public contributions. The Vinch Family, being of Vietnamese descent, finds it crucial to look beyond the local spectrum of health and medicine.
For the last two years, I have been volunteering in Mackenzie Willamette’s emergency department. I helped around and talked to a lot of people in the medical profession and I observed how they communicated with each other. I saw the benefits of good communication and how it can positively improve the work environment. And I saw how negative communication can distract from what really matters; providing safe and reliable care for the patients. So coming into this project I wanted to take what I had observed and
In my college career I been involved in in the student government, in which I hold a position as a senator of activities. My responsibilities included promoting the sport activities, games and collaborate with children Hospital to raise fund to help support the children and their families throughout difficult time. I also was involved in promoting coaches vs. cancer event held at Porterville college Main Gym, which was very successful event, in which student government and other Porterville college club raise money to support the fight against cancer.
Lights Camera Fashion is a charity based fashion show to raise money for St. Jude Research Hospital. Every penny earned by ticket sells, sponsorships, and donations was totaled up and donated to the hospital to help with patients. I have always known I wanted to have a career where I could help children in need but wasn’t sure on the exact occupation I wanted to take on in the future. That night I was introduced to something I never considered, helping children in need with cancer. When the massive check was written out and finalized all of the models went to
Because ACEs are so common and are associated with several health outcomes—such as heart disease, depression, substance use, and obesity— it is a topic that concerns me deeply as someone interested in public health. Upon graduating from the School of Public Health this past summer, I started a new position as the Evaluation and Community Education Manager at Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota. Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota has an ACE Interface program that uses the curriculum created by Dr. Robert Anda, co-principal investigator of the ACEs Study, and Laura Porter, experienced leader of community-based and policy-level application of ACEs-Related Science. This curriculum has been spread to thousands across the state by community members trained to present on the impact of ACEs on brain development, the ACE study, and building resilience. In my current position, I oversee the certification of our network of ACE presenters and the evaluation efforts for a newly funded project, which seeks to quickly disseminate our ACE Interface training to communities connected with Minnesota’s Children’s Mental Health and Family Services Collaboratives.
I had decided volunteering with the Veterans Administration Medical Center Jefferson Barracks Division would be something that I would really enjoy. I researched how to volunteer with the Veterans Administration online and found that for those who wished to volunteer process included a minimum of 100 hours of service, fingerprinting for a background investigation, an in-house orientation, and obtaining a V.A. identification badge. I was excited, so I went to Jefferson Barracks the very next day. After getting lost a couple of times in the buildings, I finally found the right department.
As a member of River Valley’s NHS chapter I serve as chair of the blood drive committee. I coordinate the blood drives throughout the school year along with the co-chairs and the red cross. I schedule the appointments, check those in that are donating and relay the importance of donating blood to the student body. Also, being a member of River Valley’s FFA chapter I participate in activities such as Food for America, Adopt-a-Family, and Community Breakfast. FFA has been a very important part to my high school experience because it has taught me the
I definitely believe that I fit into Cor Jesu’s chapter of NHS. I have participated in many service opportunities and leadership positions, and while those both demonstrate what my participation in NHS would be if I am accepted, but I am also honest, responsible, kind, respectful, and helpful. The main reason I am applying for NHS is so that I can help others by serving my community, and I can achieve this by using my gifts and character. One of my most inspiring service opportunities that I have participated in was at Cardinal Ritter Senior Services during my freshman year. While I was at Cardinal Ritter, I took the patients to and from mass and played Bingo with them.
As a member of several honor societies in high school, I participated in many community service events and hoped to continue serving the community once I began college. I joined the RPI Zeta Eta chapter of Alpha Gamma Delta Women’s Fraternity during my freshman year. Being a part of Alpha Gamma Delta has allowed me to continue serving the community. Throughout the school year, we participate in several events including Relay for Life, Volunteering at the Boys and Girls club, and several philanthropy events set up by our chapter and other Greek houses and organizations on campus. The money raised at our philanthropy events supports Diabetes education and awareness.